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Lost Gay Novels: A Reference Guide to Fifty Works from the First Half of the Twentieth Century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2003

    Lost and Found

    W.H. Auden said that no book was undeservedly remembered, but many regrettably forgotten. This is particularly the case with novels published before the 1970s dealing with homosexual themes and characters. The stigma attached to homosexual people and relationships made such novels scandalous and their authors marginalized. As a result, many common readers will assume that gay novels did not exist before the gay liberation movement in the late 1960s. Not so, as Anthony Slide's book reminds us. A labor of love and careful scholarship (including summaries of the novels' plots and their critical reception), Slide's _Lost Gay Novels_ is both interesting reading as well as a useful reference work. Students and scholars of American literature will be grateful to Slide for his gathering this rich history. College and university libraries, as well as local libraries, will find this a valuable addition to their reference sections. General readers will be fascinated with this social history and engaged by Slide's accessible (jargon-free) and witty prose.

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